The days of police officers relying on “what we’ve heard” and leaning on “we’ve always done it that way” are over! This course is a must-attend course for every police officer in New York State. Students will increase their knowledge of the legal considerations that quide their actions, and will develop the confidence to implement what they have learned in order to help them chart the right course of action when faced with split second decisions in the field.
The course will provide an in-depth refresher on investigative street encounters with real world examples that illustrate the subtle differences between NY’s levels of suspicion under De Bour, which will enable officers to better determine their authority during critical incidents. The course will also discuss car stops and the automobile exception to the warrant requirement, the legal quidelines pertaining to warrantless entries of homes, and what level of suspicion is needed to utilize a canine in certain situations, including what officers can do when they have a positive alert. Along with the legal guidelines, the course will also address tactical considerations and tricks of the trade to help officers put what they have learned to practical use out in the field. Students will also dive into courtroom testimony and trial preparation, as well as learn how to avoid adverse credibility findings that could follow them throughout the rest of their careers. Whether you are a rookie just starting your career, or a seasoned veteran looking to increase your knowledge base, this course is for you.
Instructor Ken Rice is a sergeant in the New York City Police Department, as well as an admitted attorney assigned to his department’s Legal Bureau. In this role, he advises everyone from patrol officers to high-level executives on a wide-range of legal issues, including during rapidly unfolding situations such as large-scale demonstrations. He began his career in law enforcement in 2008 as a civilian attorney for the NYPD before going through the police academy and becoming a sworn police officer in 2012. Ken spent his time on patrol as a police officer and as a sergeant in the Midtown South Precinct, one of the busiest precincts in the world, and he has also worked in the Police Commissioner’s Office. Drawing on his nearly fifteen years of experience with the largest municipal law enforcement agency in the nation, he explains complicated legal issues in a manner that anyone can understand. Ken has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the Pennsylvania State University, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a New York State-certified Division of Criminal Justice Services General Topics Instructor, and he has taught law enforcement officers on both the federal and state levels.